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In the United States political parties provide a variety of functions, such as organizing campaigns and providing the leadership apparatus for legislatures. The nation has a history of organized political parties that goes back to the 1790s. Although there have been periods of one-party domination, one of the core features of American politics has been the almost continuous perpetuation of a strong two-party system. This phenomenon is the result of both the nation's unique history and its innovative system of government.
Association of like-minded people organized with the purpose of seeking and exercising political power. A party can be distinguished from an interest or pressure group, which seeks to influence governments rather than aspire to office, although some pressure groups, such as the Green movement, have over time transformed themselves into political parties.
Democratic Party Topic Page
When political alignments first emerged in George Washington's administration, opposing factions were led by Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.
The name was first used by Thomas Jefferson's party, later called the Democratic Republican party or, simply, the Democratic party. The name reappeared in the 1850s, when the present-day Republican party was founded.
Although the U.S. political process normally revolves around the two-party system, during the nineteenth century dozens of third parties came into existence. Several parties originated to influence politics in one particular state, such as the Equal Rights Party or Locofoco Party in New York and the Nullifiers in South Carolina during the 1830s, the Law and Order Party in Rhode Island during the 1840s, the Readjusters in Virginia during the 1880s, and the Silver Party in Nevada during the 1890s.
Any of the political parties established in various countries to oppose the destructive environmental effects of many modern technologies and the economic systems and institutions that drive them. Many Green parties also advocate pacifism and strongly support human rights; the parties are typically grassroots leftist in their political orientation.
One of the two major political parties of the United States in the second quarter of the 19th cent.
Elections and Political Parties Websites
Democratic National Committee
The principal organization governing the Democratic Party on a day to day basis. The DNC's central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates,
Libertarian Party Website
Libertarians believe in, and pursue, personal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. The Libertarian Party itself serves a much larger pro-liberty community with the specific mission of electing Libertarians to public office
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Some of their core principles are: High ethical standards for government, balanced budget, campaign reform, new tax system, reform of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, job promotion, and lobbying reform.
Republican National Committee
The principal organization governing the United States Republican Party, like the DNC it's central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Party candidates